Tuesday, August 9

Senator Joe Manchin mortally wounds Biden’s social spending bill

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, one of the party’s congressmen closest to republicanism, has withdrawn its key endorsement of the $ 1.9 trillion social spending line (1.6 billion euros) promoted by the president of the United States, Joe Biden, in what could be a lethal blow to the aspirations of the proposal, pending its approval in the Senate.

I cannot vote to go ahead with this aspect of the legislation. I just can’t. I can’t accept it, “he told the conservative Fox News network this Sunday.” So I have to say ‘no’ to this legislation. I have tried everything humanly possible and everything I could, “he declared.

Manchin’s vote is critical to the chances of the legislation passing, given the 50-50 split in the Senate and the likelihood that Democrats will not get Republicans to back the bill.

Following these statements by Manchin, the White House has highlighted the “sudden and inexplicable reversal” of the senator and the “breaking of his commitments to the president, his colleagues in the House and Senate” in the words of presidential spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Manchin’s words do not coincide with the conversations held this week with the president, with White House personnel or with their own public statements, “said Psaki in an official statement.

Psaki has highlighted that Manchin made a commitment with President Joe Biden to support the general framework of the Act for a Better Reconstruction (Build Back Better Act) and to negotiate “in good faith” its content. On Tuesday he came to present a new version of the text in person at the White House.

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“Although key priorities were being lost, we believe it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all. Senator Manchin promised to continue negotiating and collaborating“, has insisted Psaki, that has refuted the arguments on increase of the public deficit or of the inflation wielded by Manchin.

“Manchin will have to explain to families who could pay $ 35 a month for insulin why they have to keep paying $ 1,000. It will have to explain to almost two million working women why they will not have affordable nursery school. He will have to explain to the millions of children who have been able to get out of poverty partly thanks to the Child Tax Credit why he wants to end this program, “Psaki has reproached.

Christmas, deadline

The prospect of passing the bill dimmed this week, when the Senate suspended session without addressing the bill, despite the fact that Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had set Christmas as the deadline for his approval.

Manchin was pushing for the price of the child tax credit to be extended for ten years, which would have made up the bulk of the expense on the package.

Last month, the House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress, approved the so-called Build Back Better Act with 220 votes in favor to 213 against, without the endorsement of any representative among the opposition of the Party. Republican. The legislation aims to expand the social safety net and provide hundreds of billions to fight climate change.

The project is disassociated from another extraordinary infrastructure aid package approved in early November, and also contains measures to expand access to health care, facilitate home ownership and expand home care for the elderly.

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